Budget session begins today; Government to ensure passage of Triple Talaq Bill

Budget session begins today; Government to ensure passage of Triple Talaq Bill

Following a recess after 9 February, Parliament will meet again from 5 March to 6 April.

Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan held an all party meeting on Sunday before the commencement of budget session, which will start on Monday.

On Sunday, the government had said that it would "leave no stone unturned" to ensure the passage of the triple talaq bill in the Budget session, asserting that it would talk to various parties for a consensus on the issue.

The all-party meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar, besides leaders of the Opposition and other parties.

In the meeting, which lasted more than an hour, the speaker requested all political parties to cooperate for smooth conduct of the session.

Both bills carry political significance for the BJP which is strong votary of the abolition of instant triple talaq among Muslims, a practice declared void by the Supreme Court a year ago.

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The dignitaries agreed on resolving disruptions and deadlocks of the Parliament through constructive discussions in both the Houses. "The Government should adopt a cooperative attitude and allow the opposition to raise these issues", Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said.

Kovind also pitched for the Triple Talaq bill which is yet to be passed in the Rajya Sabha.

The Union Budget for 2018-19 will be presented on February 1.

With the BJP-led NDA government presenting its last full fledged budget before the next Lok Sabha polls scheduled for 2019, there is expectation that it will have a strong political overtone.

Besides the triple talaq legislation, which criminalises instant talaq by Muslim men, the government is also likely to make a pitch for the passage of the OBC bill, which seeks to give a constitutional status to the OBC commission. But the bill could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha due to a deadlock over Opposition's demand seeking its reference to a Select Committee for close scrutiny.

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